The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

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Conference Schedule

Over 80 craft talks, panels, presentations, and more

The Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference is eclectic, comprehensive, balanced, and diverse, featuring over 50 craft talks, workshops, panels, and other presentations on literary craft, current trends, special topics, publishing, and more. 

While sessions vary from year to year, the conference generally covers all major genres and forms—fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, memoir, young adult, and genre fiction—as well as editing, publishing, the business of writing, and the writing life. We also highlight special topics or issues such as travel writing, climate change, graphic novels, translation, disability studies, hybrid forms, social justice, and more. 

Beyond regular sessions, we also offer advanced workshops with selected conference faculty on Wednesday before the conference begins.

To view the schedule, you can view the schedule as a .pdf. Once you register, you can also view the schedule through the conference app.

You can also view past schedulesdownload last year's program, meet our faculty, or register for the conference today!